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Thermo King Celebrates 75 Years of Customer-Driven Innovation with Launch of TriPac™ Evolution and Truck T-80 Series at MATS

Company's new solutions help customers meet regulatory changes and increase fuel efficiency

Louisville, Ky., March 21, 2013 - Thermo King celebrates a 75 year legacy of innovation at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), held in Louisville, Ky., March 21-23, where the company will showcase the latest game-changing solutions that help fleet operators and owner operators comply with industry regulations while optimizing fuel efficiency.


Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, will feature several new innovative customer-driven systems and services at the show in the Thermo King booth, #18177, including the:


• TriPac Evolution auxiliary power unit (APU) which meets Tier IV Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final regulations requirements while leveraging new patented technology to drive unit performance, efficiency and user productivity.
• Truck T-80 Series truck temperature control unit, an EPA- and California Air Resources Board (CARB)-compliant addition to the industry leading T-Series truck range of solutions that reduces fuel and maintenance costs while providing industry leading reliability.
• PrimAir air management solutions which optimize transport refrigeration unit (TRU) performance by providing even temperature distribution within the trailer.
• The new CargoLink™ Wireless Fuel Sensor which provides improved fuel level monitoring.


"We are committed to providing innovations that address the industry challenges our customers face," said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King North America. "Thermo King is showcasing new solutions at MATS ─ including the TriPac Evolution and Truck T-80 Series which help our customers achieve their business goals, while improving energy and operational efficiency and meeting regulatory compliance."


Thermo King Features New Game-Changing Solutions at MATS
T-80 Series truck temperature control platform ─The new T-80 Series truck temperature control platform is an EPA and CARB-compliant addition to the industry-leading truck T-Series range that lowers fuel costs by up to 20 percent and maintenance costs while providing class-leading reliability.


The T-80 incorporates an EPA/CARB-compliant engine, QuickTemp Control and enhanced drive belt systems which reduce run time and simplify maintenance to save fuel and reduce operating costs. SmartPower electric standby reduces operating costs by up to 75 percent. The T-80 Series platform builds on the T-series design, which is the industry's most reliable truck refrigeration solution, based on operating costs. The QuickTemp Control, which is standard on all models, except T-580R, is exclusive to Thermo King truck refrigeration units.


Thermo King Precedent™
The Precedent is the new trailer temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver double-digit fuel savings, best-in-class performance and lower life cycle costs while providing regulatory compliance and peace of mind for refrigerated trailer fleets. The Precedent features a completely new platform for the trailer market designed to be fully compliant with the new EPA Tier IV final regulations. These units provide the industry's most sustainable solutions and a complete range of options for any customer:


• The Precedent S-600 is a greater-than-25 horsepower single temperature unit which is considered Ultra-Low-Emission In-Use Performance Standard (ULETRU) by CARB.
• The Precedent C-600 is a less-than-25 horsepower single-temperature unit with an allowed useful life in California of seven years prior to modification of the unit to meet ULETRU in use standards.


TriPac™ Evolution Auxiliary Power Unit─Thermo King is the first and only APU manufacturer to receive CARB certification for the diesel particulate filter on its 2013 less-than-25 horsepower TriPac™ Evolution auxiliary power unit engine. Thermo King is also among the first transport APU manufacturers to receive EPA and CARB certification for its less-than-25 horsepower TriPac™ auxiliary power unit engine.


The TriPac Evolution APU delivers unrivaled performance, lowers overall truck fuel consumption, reduces emissions and provides driver comfort. This solution, which can be ordered in May for shipment in July of 2013, meets Tier IV EPA final regulations requirements while leveraging new patented technology to drive unit performance, efficiency and user productivity.


The updated TriPac™ Evolution is the industry's only solution featuring software that can be customized to enhance the customer's operating profile. Thermo King developed this feature in response to customer feedback. This APU also features an extended maintenance interval of 1,500 hours, an updated flash-loadable control system and improved service access for easier maintenance. The TriPac Evolution offers virtually unlimited heating and cooling power. The Evolution features a new control system to accurately diagnose issues if needed.


CargoLink™ Wireless Fuel Sensor─The new CargoLink™ Wireless Fuel Sensor, an enhancement to the existing CargoLink wireless system which can be used to manage door position, provides improved fuel level monitoring, minimizes installation time, and eliminates wire failure. The sensor, which is scheduled to be available in June 2013, features the industry's only enclosure designed to IP69K standards to survive harsh use. The sensor also features a signal range of 500 feet, the industry's longest.


The fuel sensor provides greater accuracy than conventional float based systems for better fuel monitoring. This solution addresses fuel loss events through smart monitoring, which enables the system to distinguish between normal usage and fuel loss.


When used with Thermo King TracKing telematics, the CargoLink Wireless Fuel Sensor provides fast reporting on fuel loss events, even when the refrigeration unit is off. Because the system is wireless, it can be quickly installed. The sensor can be replaced or upgraded without removing the fuel tank. Future sensors are planned for the CargoLink platform.


New Thermo King PrimAir™ Trailer Air Management Solutions - New Thermo King air management solutions optimize TRU performance by providing even temperature distribution within the trailer. PrimAir chutes feature industry-leading material strength to minimize damage during loading. Return air bulkheads (RABH) provide the highest efficiency of any one-piece RABH in the industry.


New TracKing™ Preventative Maintenance Compliance Tool─Fleets can use a new preventative maintenance compliance tool on the Thermo King TracKing™ wireless asset management system to monitor refrigeration unit maintenance schedules. This solution allows fleets under the Thermo King Thermo Gard™ Assurance maintenance program to better manage fleet utilization and effectively expedite service to ensure maximum asset up-time.


Thermo King History
Thermo King founder, Joseph Numero, and chief engineer, Frederick Jones, patentd the first successful mechanical refrigeration in939. ey developd afrgeration system for a customer's truck that allowd rerigerated and frozen food to be confidently shipped over long distances for the first time. This pioneering mechanical refrigeration unit replaced blocks of ice previously used to cool semi-trailers, transforming the industry. Today Thermo King is a global leader in transportation temperature control systems for mobile applications including truck, trailer, bus, rail and marine. For more information on Thermo King historical achievements, visit


Mid-America Trucking Show details
When:                           March 21-23, 2013
Where:                          Booth 18177, Kentucky Expo Center
Conference website:


About the Mid-America Trucking Show
The Mid-America Trucking Show has been the largest heavy-duty trucking event in the world for 42 years. It is the annual forum for the heavy-duty trucking industry, providing face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking professionals. Attendees can efficiently research the latest products and services to provide their businesses with a competitive edge.


About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands - including Club Car®,Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit or


Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.


Joan Schimml, Ingersoll Rand
Joan Schimml